Late 19th Century Leather Chinese Headrest
Private collection:Jean Marc Sideratos
Sold As Is.
In China, leather headrests were all so highly decorated that some people mistake them for family heirlooms. Depictions and engravings of animals, plants, humans, mountains, water and even geometric shapes adorned the pillows.
Wood and leather bound headrests were often given a masterfully lacquered finish. The extensive attention to detail and decoration suggests that the headrests held more than a visual or physical significance. In fact, the ancient Chinese believed pillows had the power to influence and guide dreams, which were viewed as omens. Headrests mediated the space between the consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and illusion. In fact, they were considered so important that many headrests accompanied their owners into death.
Years after years, remains into excellent conditions.
Length 14" X Width 5.5" X Height 5.5" or 4.25"
Longueur 36cm X Largeur 14cm X Hauteur 14cm ou 11cm